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Monday, September 5, 2005
Turn Away From Sin

September 4, 2005
Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Turn Away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.

From yesterday's first reading:

Thus says the LORD: You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. (Ezekiel 33:7-9)

Most importantly, Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). It is right there. There is no justification for sin since Our Master has commanded us to abstain from all evil. Don't let evil try to be justified; don't let temptation conquer you. Yes, we are sinful, but that doesn't mean we should keep on sinning and just rely on forgiveness. To sin with the thought of just confessing it later is a mortal sin itself called the sin of presumption. Imagine the pain of every one of your mortal sins when it pierced our Lord on the Cross. Imagine that every sin you commit pierced Our Lord and hurt Him worse, but He still forgives you for it. It is far better to avoid sin and cast it away then to ever justify a sin.

Simply: "If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Not certain Commandments but all of them. And when we fail we have The Sacrament of Confession, but above all, let us give our best effort yet. Turn away from sin.


del_button September 6, 2005 at 11:17 PM
Mike said...

I found it interesting that teh editors of the Lectionary have Ezekials message together with Matthew's intructions on dealing with a sinner. In niether place is the idea of force or compulsion mentioned, however niether do we have the option of ignoring teh sinner. This is why I find it impossible to reconcile the proclamations of pro-choicers for example, who will swear up and down they are opposed to abortion for themselves but they have no right to impose that belief on others. But if we fail to speak out against an evil, such as abortion, then we will be held responsible for the lives of the lost.


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